Sightings 2020

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4/18 Steve Fitzsimmons- Today, I saw 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers at my suet feeder in Byram, It was the first time I ever saw them at a feeder.

4/18 Ken Witkowski-  Besides the usual feeder birds, there was a flock of 20+ Rusty Blackbirds in my yard this afternoon. Still 1 Dark-eyed Junco hanging around as well. There is also a pair of nesting Red-shouldered Hawks behind a neighbor’s house that I can see from my kitchen window.

4/17 Sharon and Wade Wander- We have observed a male Northern Flicker methodically probing the soil between the pavers on our patio. Much of the diet of this, our most common ground-feeding woodpecker, consists of ants.

The Great Horned Owls nesting on the woods next to our house in Fredon are raising 2 young. We also observed a Red-shouldered Hawk near our house with a Bull Frog in its talons.

4/16 Karyn Cicholi (Laffayette)- The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been chasing each other around in our Dogwood tree and mating.  It is quite a ritual to watch although doesn’t last very long.  Attached is a picture of the line-up for the suet, Downy and M/F Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

4/16 Allison Orsi (Wantage)- What a sweet awakening this morning I had, to the song of the Brown Thrasher! An uncommon visitor to my yard, I heard a lovely song with Northern Cardinal and Wood Thrush influences, reminding me of the warmth of summer nights. I went outside to try to see him, but unfortunately, I think I scared him away. In his place, however, I saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a pair of Palm Warblers darting about the trees and shrubs, along with a Chipping Sparrow at my feeder.4-15-20 Downy M-F Red-bellied

4/16 Karyn Cichoki- Ruby-crowned Kinglet has been singing & feeding in our Cedar trees for the last 2 days.

4/14 Karyn Cichoki- Bonaparte’s Gull 3 PM eating insects on the surface

4/14 Alice Piatek & Alan Gutmore- We continue to have Dark-eyed Juncos visiting.  Other visitors include Common Grackles, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows, House Sparrows, House Finches, American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Downy, Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  A Downy has been busy drumming a tree in the front of our home for the last 2 weeks

4/13 Marianne Ofenloch- Birds and even butterflies have begun to migrate through our area once again. Returning avian migrants seen in the Montague area over the last week have included Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, and Palm Warbler. After months of not seeing any Wild Turkeys, I finally spotted displaying gobblers here-&-there, though numbers of toms & hens are far lower than in past years. Cabbage White and Spring Azure butterflies have returned as well. The Gray Squirrels are currently performing in their annual yard Olympics — the spiral-chase (on tree trunks), feeder-pole-vault, and broad jump (from rooftop to treetop) are just some of their events. This year, two large Eastern Cottontails have made themselves at home (normally there’s only one), and the Eastern Chipmunks have constructed a large tunnel opening adjacent to the old compost bin. The first Pickerel Frog was calling on Sunday afternoon and Daffodil, Periwinkle, & Twin-leaf flowers are blooming everywhere. Spring is a good season to enjoy observing the daily emergence of new life in one’s own community!

On a much more somber note, I am saddened to share that the Bald Eagle nest I monitor in the Culvers Lake area has failed this year. The eggs were due to hatch over the last week, and while I can’t confirm if they hatched or not before the chicks died, I can confirm that they didn’t survive based on the parents not tending the nest for two consecutive days. Last year, one of the two chicks died within a few weeks of hatching, so I’m not sure if these are signs of a problem with the eagles and/or the environment around them or not. I know that some of our members like to be updated on the nest status at our club meetings, but I hate to have to share such sad news. Hopefully, the chicks in the other county nests will fare better this year.

4/13 Donna and Don (Frankford)- Chipping Sparrow showed up a week ago and is hanging out with Song and White-throated Sparrows. We have still been watching about three Dark-eyed Juncos. Our first Eastern Phoebe arrived on 4/8 which is two days past a previous late date. A pair of Wood Ducks are still debating about using their box. We have a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches with grandiose ideas. They decided they wanted a “McMansion” and have moved into the Eastern Screech Owl box. Heard Barred Owl calling one night last week. The big treat today was our Pileated Woodpecker (female) reappeared at the suet and happily pecked at it for ten minutes in the rain! All for now.

4/12 Wade Wander- The Great Horned Owl nest near our house has one fairly large nestling. The Bald Eagle nest at Little Swartswood has 2 large nestlings.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Fredon) and Broad-winged Hawk (Dark Moon Preserve in Green Twp) seen today.

4/11 Karyn Cichoki (Lafayette)-There were two Common Ravens flying around the neighborhood, chasing one another and calling back and forth.  A flock of about 15 Cedar Waxwings were in the Cedar trees and two Dark-eyed Juncos were chasing each other around.  I haven’t seen any in a week.  The number of American Goldfinches is continuing to increase.

4/9 Fred Weber (Culver Lake)- 4 Greater Scaup this morning. 6 Lesser Scaup this evening. 15 Common Loons came in then left.

Also there were at least 80 American Goldfinches in my yard/feeders this afternoon.

4/9 Deborah Bifulco- I’ve been enjoying some quality time in my hide in our yard, watching the comings and goings.  I’ve still got a few Dark-eyed Juncos hanging around and waves of White-throated Sparrows coming through every day.  American Goldfinch numbers continue to be higher than usual with a dozen or more the norm.  Some of the males are almost fully molted; others seem to be just starting. Several days ago I heard and saw my first Chipping Sparrows.  The Black-capped Chickadees are investigating the nest boxes and I found some moss in the bottom of one, so am keeping an eye on it.

This is the  fourth spring that a group of male Red-winged Blackbirds have shown up in the yard, including one with a noticeable patch of white feathers on its side.  They come and go in groups of up to 12 throughout the day, singing, displaying and making their host of random noises.  Yesterday, they had a lady with them –  the bell of the ball…

The biggest surprise this week was a big, fresh Black Swallowtail!

 

4/8 Karyn Cichoki- Palm Warbler (picture attached) arrived and was feeding on driveway

4/8  Lynn- I had an eastern whip-poor-will calling last night in Frankford

4/7 Wade and Sharon Wander- The nest built by Red-shouldered Hawks last year very near our Fredon Township house was usurped this year by Great Horned Owls. We have seen the cotton-top head of one small chick occasionally bobbing up and down above the rim of the nest and have watched it wolf down some morsels offered by its mother. We can observe the nest through a spotting scope set up in our dining room. Because the nest tree is in a ravine the nest is at eye level for us. The photo was taken at a distance of about 100 feet.OW1

 

We also found a red phase Eastern Screech Owl in a tree hole near our house.  The photo was taken from inside our car.Ow2

4/7 Karyn Cichoki- Dark-eyed Juncos have left

4/6 Karyn Cichoki-Heard a Chipping Sparrow singing from our neighbor’s yard today.

4-5 Giselle Smisko (Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge)-Coincidentally I just got back from hiking Owens to Liberty Marsh.  The flock of rusty blackbirds has grown to at least 50. The American Toads were calling.

There was a pair of Pied-billed Grebe in the south pool

4/5 Karyn Cichoki- (Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge & Lafayette)- I walked the trail from Owens Station Rd. up to Liberty Marsh – Song, White-throated, & Swamp Sparrows, a flock of 50+ female Red-winged Blackbirds, 20+ Rusty Blackbirds (see picture) along the trail at the Owens Station Rd. end.  At Liberty Marsh – Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, American Coot, Great Blue Heron in striking breeding plumage.  Weird bird calls were coming from the marsh area along the trail, which more than likely were Common Gallinule but didn’t sound quite right.  I saw two other birders on the trail; one said it was the Coots calling and the other Pied-billed Grebe.  Listening to the calls when I got home it sounded like something in between the Grebe & Gallinule.  As I know the Gallinule breeds there it was probably their call.  There was an American Kestrel on the wires along Owens Station Rd. near where the nest box is.

Here at home we had a male Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, pair of Eastern Bluebirds and I heard a Field Sparrow calling from down the street, which is the first of the year.

4/4 Fred Weber- 6 Wilson’s Snipe at the Culver Causeway on both sides of Mute Swan nest 5 pm. 4/1. Also 4 female Greater Scaup, about 100 Buffelheads and a female Red-breasted Merganser on lake.

4/4 Bill Warren- Yesterday I circled Lake Mohawk. Lots of Bufflehead – a few in several locations, some Herring Gulls (60-75). I was too far to sort them, but it looked like a few Black- backed gull (sp) were mixed in. I did see 5 Ring- necked Ducks near the bridge to the island.

4/4 Patty and Pete Hefferan- Saw a Bald Eagle while driving on Rte 565.  When they passed Winding Brook Farm they spotted a Peregrine Falcon perched on a telephone pole over the brook.  Our shared thoughts revolved around the endless surprises in Sussex County just driving a rather short distance. Wonderful.

4/3 Karyn Cichoki Culvers Lake and Lafayette)- By Causeway, drake Green-winged Teal on north side near Mute Swan nest, Buffleheads and Common Loon on Lake.  Also small groups of drake Ring-necked Ducks were on several small ponds in the area.  At home beside the increasing number of American Goldfinches in various stages of breeding plumage we are also seeing White-throated Sparrows showing up in breeding plumage,

4/2 Russ (Wawaymda State Park)- Cooper’s Hawk over beach parking lot flying south over Pumphouse Trail, Eastern Phoebe along Main Park road (between Park Office & Old Wawayanda Trail)

also Canada Geese, Mallards, Hairy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmice, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird

4/1 Fred Weber- 2 White-crowned Sparrows Myer Rd. Above Plains Rd. past top of hill by narrow grassy pond. 10 am

4/1 Karyn Cichoki- The last two days we have had a flock of Cedar Waxwings in the yard either feeding or drinking from the Maple flowers & Cedar branches.  The pairs of Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers are chasing each other around and the male House Finches and Northern Cardinals are feeding their lady friends.

4/1 Donna and Don Traylor- A male purple finch frequented our sunflower feeder today in Frankford.

3/31 Donna and Don Traylor- Two new yard birds here in Frankford this morning – fox sparrow and a male eastern towhee.

3/27 Fred Weber (Culver Lake)- Good show from west shore this evening. Breeding plumage Common Loon fairly close called twice, flew across lake, belly landing. 2 pair Long-tailed Ducks. One male and both females mostly breeding plumage. Other male non-breeding. About 40 Buffleheads some courting and flying around. Female Red-breasted Merganser at 6:30-7 pm

3/27 Karyn Cichoki (Hyper Humus)- This morning there was a nice assortment of ducks along the south shore of pond 2.  Several pairs of Green-wing Teal, Black & Wood ducks, a lone Gadwall and a pair of American Widgeons.  I saw the first female Red-wing Blackbird of the year feeding on a Phragmites seed head and a Belted Kingfisher announced himself as he flew down the canal.

Here at home we had a few new male American Goldfinches show up that have quite a bit of yellow on them along with the start of their black caps.

3/27 Deborah Bifulco- Earlier this week, I had my first Eastern Phoebe of the year singing in the yard.  And today, I caught a flash of yellow outside that definitely wasn’t a goldfinch – my first warbler of the season!  A solitary Pine Warbler paid several visits to both the suet and sunflower chip feeders, much to my delight.  The woods behind our house are alive with the sounds of American Robins, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals and White-throated sparrows .  Red-winged blackbird males are daily visitors now, along with the random Common Grackle and Brown-headed cowbirdPine Warbler

3/27 Patty and Pete- My husband and I decided to sit down by the lake in the late afternoon. We spied two pair of Common Mergansers sailing around the lake. We also saw a Great Blue Heron. The skunk cabbage is poking through. We will listen for the Spring Peepers. They are a particular joy

3/27 Donna and Don Traylor- At least four American woodcock were peenting and displaying this evening on Mattison Reservoir Road in Frankford.

3/27 Giselle- Liberty Marsh on March 21 I had a flock of at least a dozen Rusty Blackbirds next to the trail going to Owens Station.

Also had northern shoveler, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, green-winged teal, American black duck, mallard, mute swan on a nest, fish crow, tree swallow, Canada goose, song sparrow, calling spring peepers and the Mid-Atlantic coast leopard frog….and a lot of people practicing social distancing with at least a turkey vulture’s wingspan of separation.

3/26 Russ Edwards- (This morning) I also had a bald eagle, (mature), over Lake Wawayanda (soaring east to southwest), Great Blue Heron and (4) Eastern Painted Turtle (I’ve counted a dozen+ in this location on nice sunny mornings), and 3 Eastern Phoebe at trail sign on main road where Iron Mtn Trail intersects.

3/26 Karyn Cichoki- This morning there was an immature Bald Eagle souring over our house.  I heard the first Eastern Phoebe calling from our neighbor’s yard.  Last night a huge Black Bear got to the peanut feeder.  I saw him walking away with it and then found it this morning.  It was in the shape of a snowman made out of mess, broken in two and completely flattened.  We will be bringing the feeder in at night now.

I also heard the first neighborhood Spring Peepers calling last night and other birds calling in the neighborhood, Killdeer & Common Raven.

3/26 Fred Weber (Culver Lake)- Pair Long-tailed Ducks coming into breeding plumage – beautiful. 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

3/22 Karyn Cichoki- A couple of days ago our front yard was invaded by about 15 American Robins and a pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds.  What was entertaining about this is that one of our resident Red Squirrels busied itself running around the front lawn sitting up and looking at the birds.  I don’t know if it was interested in what they were eating or was concerned that they were eating something it had buried in the yard

3/21 Fred Weber (Culver Lake)- 24 Horned Grebes (18 in one group). Varying degrees of breeding plumage. 5 female Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Pied-billed Grebes. Culvers around 5:30 PM

3/21 Peter and Patty Hefferan- We have heavily wooded property and have always enjoyed the woodpeckers of all types that make our property their home. We particularly enjoyed a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and family who set up home in a  woodpecker  tree that exactly faces our front porch. We would sit by the hour and and watch the male as he set up home. The two raised a happy family. Well, they are house hunting again. We have every hope that our woodpecker tree will be home again to a Red-Bellied Woodpecker family. We hear his call every day and our fingers are crossed.  We will keep you posted.

3/21 Karyn Cichoki- Saw the first Tree Swallows of the season today.  There were a couple of Black Ducks and several pairs of Common Mergansers along with all the Mute Swans, Canada Geese and Mallards on pond 2.  A few Spring Peepers were calling. The Bald Eagles have finally started to incubate and both were on the nest today.

3/21 Marianne Ofenloch- Happy spring morning to all! There are signs of the new season everywhere, from flowers to young green grass to migratory birds arriving with each new frontal system. A male American Goldfinch sporting a lot of his spring gold brightened the feeder during the gray morning on Friday. The Brown-headed Cowbirds have returned to the yard, which is more a “lowlight” than a highlight. Species returning to Culvers and Swartswood Lakes have included Double-crested Cormorant, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck, and Eastern Phoebe. A pair of Northern Shovelers were at Hainesville Wildlife Mgmt Area for a few days; as far as I know, that was the first time the species has been seen there. American Woodcocks are performing around the county at dusk, and Killdeer are courting in many fields during the day. Resident Mute Swans, Canada Geese, and Great Blue Herons are all building or tending nests, while many waterfowl species are pairing, with drakes calling and displaying their finery. Each day will bring something new, so enjoy the hope that comes with the season, and be well!

3/21 Alice Piatek and Alan Gutmore- We have a Red-bellied woodpecker drumming daily on one of the oak trees in front of our home.  We continue to have Dark-eyed juncos.  Visitors include Downy woodpeckers, Black-capped chickadees, Tufted titmice, White-throated sparrows, House sparrows, American goldfinches, Northern Cardinals, Bluejays, American robins, Wild Turkey and Black vultures soaring.

3/21 Donna and Don Traylor- The birds certainly knew it was the first day of Spring. Yesterday at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage Township we heard the following: Carolina wren, Song and Field Sparrows, Pileated woodpecker and Eastern phoebe. Later, driving down Roy Road in Wantage, the male American kestrel was sitting on the wire. On the way back up the road, we sighted a female kestrel. A moment later the male kestrel appeared and they commenced making little kestrels!

Spring peepers were very loud in our yard last night. Wood ducks are swimming in our stream. Still are a good number of dark-eyed juncos and white-throated sparrows, too.

3/21 Fred Weber-About 60 Scaup sp. (bad shimmer), and 20 Long-tailed Ducks in one flock. 3 Horned Grebes, female Red-breasted Merganse

3/20 Matt Skalla- Had a flock of 24 Snow geese in a corn field off Limecrest-Randazzo Rd (on border of Lafayette Township.    Something I hadn’t seen before was 22 of the 24 were blue-phase geese.

3/19 Russ Edwards-  I headed to Liberty Loop hoping to see the Sandhill Cranes which have been reported for the past few days; did not see them but had 2 Great Blue Heron, Northern Pintail (8 on the back pond and several on the main pond), at least 8 pair Blue Winged-Teal in one group and several more in another, Mallard, Canada Geese, 1 male Belted Kingfisher, Red-winged blackbirds, 2 Red-tailed Hawk (one circling the west side of the loop, other in dead tree on NY side of Oil City Rd., Turkey Vulture (circling farm to the east of the loop), 4 Mute Swan;  a muskrat which drove the dog nuts (but no partridge in a pear tree)

I would add that yesterday at Liberty Look from the Oil City viewing area, we had several Black Ducks and one Ruddy Duck.

3/19 Wade and Sharon Wander- On Thursday, March 19, we saw a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds at Kittatinny Valley State Park. From the parking lot on Limecrest Road  walk south toward the old barn. We saw the flock in the swamp just south of the barn. You may hear their squeaky calls before you see them. Rusty Blackbird is one of the most seriously declining species of moths and land birds in North American.

3/19 Karyn Cichoki- We are up to six American Goldfinches.  It appeared that the batch of Dark-eyed Juncos that have been in the yard all winter had moved on and now we have another batch that arrived yesterday singing away.  There are lots of White-throated Sparrows, more than we have had all winter so I guess they are moving through as well.

The Mourning Dove is sitting on its so called nest, six twigs on the crossover of two Cedar branches.  The Coopers Hawk was hunting in the yard again yesterday and I heard an Eastern Bluebird and Turkey calling from our neighbor’s yard.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker is once again using our gutters for its sounding board and the Downy Woodpecker is drumming on the telephone pole.

3/19 Eileen and Glenn Mahler- today we checked out waterfowl at Swartswood Lake:  Canada Geese, buffleheads, several mute swans, several Common Mergansers, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, a group of Ring-necked Ducks and our first of the year, 3 Pied-billed Grebes.

3/18 Donna and Don Traylor Yesterday our first ruby-crowned kinglet made an appearance. Today I couldn’t believe my eyes when a pileated woodpecker landed on the suet  cake and started to chow down. Wood ducks arrived back a week ago in what used to be a stream but has become a beaver pond! So it feels like Spring is quickly approaching- there is hope.

-3/17- Photo taken at Lake Tamarack by Jim Winters & submitted by Alice Piatekwodu

 

3/17 Fred Weber- Pair Long-tailed Ducks Culver Lake mid day

3/17 Patricia Hefferan- Two kingfishers on the wire over Winding Brook Farm (Rte 565) seen today. We have been watching these birds for 20 years. They are apparently very long lived. 😁

3/17 Matt Skalla- Had a Long-tailed Duck this morning on pond 2 at Hyper Humus.long-tail

3/17 Mary Clauss- Around 4:30 today we saw 6 Sandhill Cranes at Liberty Loop, 2 young and 4 adults. Looking out from the parking lot they were about halfway up the left side (around the point where you can see a little farm with a barn and silo off to the left in the distance). IMG_1148

3/15 Karyn Cichoki- Today I had a female American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark sitting on the wire alongside the road.

3/10 Karyn Cichoki- The Song Sparrow that I spotted in late December that is missing a foot was back under the feeder yesterday.  This morning I noticed a Mourning Dove on the front lawn picking up sticks and flying into one of our Cedar trees with them.  This is the first time that I’ve noticed them doing this in the yard.  When I was growing up on LI we sometimes found eggs lying in the grass alongside our family home.  My father kept his long ladders hung up against the house and the doves would make their version of a nest, a few sticks put on part of the latter.  Because there was nothing to really hold the eggs in the nest, they rolled off.

3/10 Russ Edwards- A lone snow goose on Wawayanda Lake this morning (when the weather was at it’s bleakest).

3/10 Karyn Cichoki- My husband, Don, has been working in the garage and this week the Carolina Wren has been checking out the inside.  This morning there were 3 hanging around the outside, singing.  Yesterday I noticed that there were sticks in the Carolina Wren next box and today when I looked at it I could see a stick moving and up popped the wren, looked at me for a few seconds before it flew off. I still haven’t heard any Spring Peepers calling but last night I finally heard Wood Frogs calling.  They sound like ducks quacking in the woods.
3/6 Terry McQuillin- The feeders have been extremely active recently with birds of all sizes including: Common Grackles, Red-winged Black Birds, Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, House Finches, Eastern Goldfinches, Slate-colored Juncos, and Downey Woodpeckers.

We’ve also had American Robins fly by along with Bald Eagles and a very beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk. In addition to our resident Mute Swans we continue to see on the lake Buffleheads and Common Goldeneye. The Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers seem to be gone but several pairs of American Wigeons just showed up along with a pair of Wood Ducks. We’ve also spied the muscrat back in business going to-and-fro.

3/5 Terry McQuillin- Just saw three Bald Eagles over Culver Lake…two juveniles and an adult. One of the young birds caught a good size fish and the other two chased it for a bit before flying away.

3/3 Karyn Cichoki- This past week we had our first male Cowbird of the year in the yard and the Dark-eyed Juncos have started their twittering. I heard American Robins, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Wren calling when I took a walk down the street.

Hyper Humus – saw the pair of Bald Eagles mating in the tree next to the tree their nest is in. Then near the Rte 94 parking lot there was another eagle that had a dirty white head with brown feathers and no white in the tail. I could tell the male of the mating pair was a full adult but I didn’t get a good look at the female so I don’t know if there were 2 or 3 birds. Also heard Hairy, Red-bellied, Pileated Woodpeckers and Eastern Bluebirds calling and there was a pair of Hooded Mergansers on pond 1.

2/27 Karyn Cichoki- Lafayette – we had our first American Robins of the year in the yard yesterday. Every morning two male Red-winged Blackbirds join the usual group of birds under the feeder. They calls from the wet area down the street from us are joined by the singing in the yard by the House Finches, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow and Carolina Wren.
We drove up to the Sussex/Wantage library yesterday and saw flocks of Common Grackles and Robins along the way.

2/23 Alice Piatek- About a dozen common grackles were feeding in our backyard on the suet and seed today, February 19

2/18 Karyn Cichoki- We had an immature Coopers Hawk show up this past weekend on our park benchCoops 2-14-20 c

2/18 Alice Piatek & Alan Gutmore- Sighted at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Jefferson on Monday, 2/17, 1 Red-tailed hawk, 1 Turkey vulture, 1 American crow.
On Russia Brook in Jefferson, 2 Mallards were sighted.
It was very quiet in both locations.

2/17 John Fuller- Snowy owl at bridge on quarry road up near Union Isle.
Did not stay long

2/17 Alice Piatek & Al Gutmore- Sightings today at Swartswood State Park included Red-tailed hawk; Fish crow; Mute swans; Canada geese; Common mergansers; Buffleheads; and Snow geese (?). It was very quiet there today.
On Main St. in Sparta, a northern mockingbird was observed.

2/14 Karyn Cichoki- On Wed we had 2 male Red-winged Blackbirds and a lone Common Grackles, with at least some Red-wings mixed in.
In previous years we get a Song Sparrow in the spring and fall, but last fall and through the winter we have had at least 4 hanging around almost every day.
Yesterday driving around I saw a huge flock of mixed blackbirds, mostly Grackles on Statesville Quarry Road in Lafayette.

2/11 Karyn Cichoki- We had our first male Red-wing Blackbird of the year under the feeder today.

2/11 Russ- I made the drive out to Westtown (NY) today (junction of County 62 & Lower Rd.) and got a brief 3-4 minute sighting of the Golden Eagle first reported Feb. 3rd on Orange County rare bird alerts (and in Middletown NY on 1/30/2020) Also had two Red-tailed Hawks in the same vicinity, and a third in Pine Island.

2/7 Alice Piatek- Visitors today included the usual gang – Dark-eyed juncos, Black-capped chickadees, Northern cardinals, Bluejays, White-throated sparrows, Tufted titmice, Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers, White-breasted nuthatches and Mourning doves.  There was quite a flurry of activity.

2/5 Terry- As I was passing the pond by the fairgrounds I spied a single snow goose among the dozens of Canada Geese.

2/2 Deborah Bifulco- I am continuing to see large numbers of Snow Geese around Andover Township, including several thousand flying over the house this morning in huge skeins, filling the air with their sounds. Hard to tell if they are migrating or just moving around and I saw groups traveling north, west and south.
Yesterday I had my first Purple Finch of the year at the feeders, briefly. He was in with about a dozen American Goldfinches. The wild turkeys continue to visit daily, duking it out with the squirrels for the tray feeder. Interestingly, the squirrels will go after the hen turkeys, but not the toms.

1/22 Karyn Cichoki- Yesterday we had about 10 Cedar Waxwings in the yard and this morning a lone American Tree Sparrow.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker was drumming briefly on the gutter before he got on the peanut feeder.  I also noticed a American Goldfinch which had a very yellow chin and his black cap feathers starting to come in.

1/20 Karyn Cichoki- Yesterday, we had a lone Common Grackle hanging around the feeders.  It spent more time approaching them than actually feeding. I was watching one of the Cornell Lab bird cams that is stationed in Fort Davis, which is in western TX.  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/west-texas-hummingbirds/  The feeders are being invaded by Pine Siskins.  Their feeders are very active with a variety of birds and it is very interesting to see some of our birds in western plumage.

1/19 Debra Bifulco- As usual, during the snowfall last weekend, my feeders were doing a landslide business.  Big numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos and White-throated Sparrows as well as 8 Northern Cardinals, a half dozen American Goldfinches (some showing signs of spring molt already), one Song Sparrow and 3 American Tree Sparrows.  The following day I had one Red-winged Blackbird, one Common Grackle and about 20 Brown-headed Cowbirds, in addition to all the regulars.  For the last month, I’ve had daily visits from six Wild Turkeys; three toms and three females/juveniles.  I usually always look before I go out, so as not to startle them away from the feeders.  The other day, however, I was rushing and didn’t look and when I walked out the back door, three turkeys took flight!  It was quite a sight to see – 3 galloping off into the woods while 3 landed high up in the maple and hickory trees. As of today, I still have one American Tree Sparrow and one Song Sparrow hanging around – these are species I only really see at my feeders during inclement weather.

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1/18 Karyn Cichoki- Once it started snowing today there was a feeding frenzy at the feeders.  I was quite surprised to see about 15 female & male Brown-headed Cowbirds under the feeder.

1/18 Alice Piatek-  Our yard is filled with playfully clamorous feathered friends enjoying their meal throughout this day of falling snow.  Our visitors include:  4 male Northern Cardinals and 3 female Cardinals; 1 Carolina Wren; 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 1 Downy Woodpecker; 3 Mourning Doves; a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos; 1 House Sparrow; a dozen White-throated Sparrows; 1 Song Sparrow? (heavily streaked, dark breast dot, longer tail which he pumped up & down); 3 White-breasted Nuthatches; 1 American Goldfinch; and 2 Black-capped Chickadees.

1/14 Bob Cappuccio – On Jan. 14 the day I began my drive to Florida.  the fields along Rte 519 in Belvidere were loaded with thousands of snow geese.  Took a few photos with my cameraphone and posted on fb.

One of my former students who lives in that town said she has them every year. Numbers appear to be growing

1/2 Donna and Don- 2020 began with quality rather than quantity in our Frankford yard. The typical winter birds were enjoying the feeders but we were surprised to hear and see a belted kingfisher in the stream. Around 10pm an eastern screech owl was calling softly in the backyard. Additionally, we were treated with a great view of a barred owl at dusk on George Hill Road. Happy New Year!

1/5 Lee and Terry McQuillin (Culver Lake)- We have been watching lots of Bald Eagle activity and antics this morning. First  an adult female was eating a fish while sitting on the ice. She was joined by a male who sat patiently until she eventually let him have some of her fish. After he ate a bit they started “courting.” The courting consisted of lots of togetherness, head bobbing, and calling. Soon after, the juveniles flew in and began jousting—at one point there were five (looked like first year) storming each other.

1/8 Al Boyd- The eastern screech owl in our yard – which is featured on the club website – has reappeared after being absent for a year or so. At least I think it’s the same bird. It sits out in the hole most days even when the sun isn’t shining on it.IMG_2046.JPG